This year would have been the 15th Annual NY Golf Classic and Dinner, but due to the coronavirus – we have had to make some changes.  As there are many kidney patients in New York who still need our assistance, we have turned the event into an online fundraising campaign.

The NY Golf Classic committee, along with our honorees Gustavo Buitrago, Senior Vice President of Business Banking at Flushing Bank and Michael Mancusi, CFO and Founder of Maximum Security are dedicated to ensuring that we are still able to assist as many kidney patients in New York – and we hope you will join us!

All sponsors and donors will be invited to join us for a virtual program on August 3rd at 7:00pm when we will thank our sponsors, applaud our honorees, Gus and Michael, and celebrate the patients we serve! We hope to see you then.

Click here to view photos from the 2019 event

Date & location

Virtual event

Monday, August 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

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We offer various sponsorship packages and levels for individuals and businesses who would like to support and participate in the event.

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Meet our honorees

Gustavo Buitrago, Senior Vice President of Business Banking at Flushing Bank

Gustavo Buitrago

Mr. Buitrago joined Flushing Bank in 2007 and is currently a Senior Vice President and Team Leader in the Business Banking Group. Gustavo (Gus) is responsible for leading the Bank’s commercial banking efforts and manages the activities of a team of Relationship Managers. Prior to joining Flushing Bank, he was with Banco Popular North America and was responsible for Middle Market/Small Business Lending and the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Group. Gus has over 35 years of commercial banking experience. He currently serves on the boards of the Long Island City Partnership, Commonpoint Queens Business Council, and the Business Initiative Corporation of New York (BIC) in the Bronx. He has also served on the boards of the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Brooklyn Chamber Business Attraction/Business Retention Advisory Council.

Gus truly understands the personal impact of kidney disease. Approximately 16 years ago, his daughter was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a type of glomerular disease that causes scarring in the kidney. FSGS affects both children and adults and there is no known cause or cure. At the time it was devastating news, but thankfully a wonderful pediatric nephrologist, Dr. Howard Trachtman, saved her life.

Michael Mancusi, CFO and Founder of Maximum Security
Retired Detective, Suffolk County Police Department

Michael Mancusi

Michael Mancusi is a retired detective of the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), who served over 23 years with assignments including the 2nd Precinct General Service Squad and Major Crimes Unit. During his career, he has received considerable training in multiple policing techniques which include: Advanced Criminal Investigation, Identification Procedures, Interview and Interrogation Techniques, Incident Command Training through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Identity Theft, Narcotics Investigation, Gang Suppression, and Vehicular Theft. Michael has received numerous awards within the police department for excellence of service with over ten commendations including The Exceptional Meritorious Award, and the 1997 2nd Pct. Cop of the Year Award.

Michael currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer and a principal owner of Maximum Security; a security services company located on Long Island. Since the company’s inception in 2002, Michael has developed and executed a successful financial business plan that has enabled the company to achieve tremendous growth in the Long Island security market. His financial forecasting and operational strategic planning have put Maximum Security in a position to successfully manage the changing patterns of demand, cost, and opportunity in the current economic environment. As CFO, Michael believes that having a strong executive leadership team that interacts directly with clients is the key to successfully implementing long-range strategic plans and ensuring company financial stability.

In addition to all his professional accomplishments, Michael is also a living kidney donor. Michael’s brother in law, who was been in the family for over 23 years, was born with kidney disease. In early 2017, it became evident that he would have to go on dialysis if he didn’t receive a kidney transplant. Michael knew he would be a match – and sure enough, it was confirmed that he was indeed a match. In November 2017, Michael donated a kidney to his brother in law, and they are both doing well. 

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Our committee

Planning Committee Chair

Maria A. Grasso, Flushing Bank

Planning Committee

Jennifer Armstrong • Donna Athenas • Melodie Carli • Aimee DiBartolomeo-Cody • Elizabeth Dysart • Lisa Friedman Clark • Craig Goldstein • Lauren Grasso • Sylvia Knutson-Barr • Drew Kopf • Jason M. Kurland • Gregory M. LaSpina • Gerry Laytin • Hank Levy • Maura Nicolosi • Frank Pelliccione, Co-Chair Emeritus • Albert Petraglia • Dan Rosenstein • Bobby Ross • Reynaldo Tariche • Sal Turano • Erin Winterfeldt • Charmise Woodside-Desire

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